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  • Fed-OSHA seeks suggestions for strengthening VPP

    Fed-OSHA is holding a stakeholder meeting July 17, in Washington, D.C., to discuss the future direction of its Voluntary Protection Programs. The agency’s aim is to “reshape VPP so that it continues to represent safety and health excellence, leverages partner resources, further recognizes the successes of long-term participants, and supports smart program growth.” Fed-OSHA is […]

  • Cal/OSHA Seeks Huge Penalties in Refinery Explosion

    The Division of Occupational Safety and Health has cited ExxonMobil Refining for 19 alleged violations following an investigation into the February 18 explosion at the company’s Torrance refinery. The incident only slightly injured four workers, but investigators concluded that management had been aware of hazardous conditions at the unit in question, yet took no steps […]

  • Standards Board Finally Gets Seats Filled

    Gov. Jerry Brown has reappointed four current members of the Cal/OSH Standards Board and named two new members to Cal/OSHA’s rulemaking body. The appointments are being said to provide both stability and new faces to the board. The newly appointed members are Robert Blink, 62, of San Francisco, and John Sacco, 60, of Rocklin. Both […]

  • Short Window to Comment on Heat Illness Guidance

    Do you have questions about Cal/OSHA’s new revisions to the heat illness prevention regulation? Do you want the Division of Occupational Safety and Health to address your ideas and concerns in its updated guidance document on the regulation? You have to act fast – before Friday, March 6 if you want to weigh in. DOSH […]

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    Fed-OSHA expands heat-protection efforts

    Fed-OSHA is implementing an enforcement initiative on heat-related hazards, developing a National Emphasis Program on heat inspections, and launching a rulemaking process to develop a workplace heat standard. In October 2021, the agency plans to issue an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on heat injury and illness prevention in outdoor and indoor work settings. Security Magazine

     

    Employee dies in zipline accident at Vermont ski resort

    Vermont OSHA is investigating after a man collided with an anchoring platform on a zipline at the Stowe Mountain Resort on Thursday afternoon and subsequently died. officials said. Boston.com

     

    Grad students file complaint with IOSH

    An organized group of graduate students at the University of Iowa last week filed a complaint with Iowa OSHA, alleging a violation of health and safety policies at the university during the ongoing pandemic, the second COVID-related filing by a public university in Iowa this academic year. Daily Iowan

     

    Cadmium spiked inside Tampa lead factory, but company failed to follow up

    An investigation earlier this year chronicled a Tampa lead factory’s persistent problems with the neurotoxin lead and other poisonous chemicals. High readings of cadmium should have prompted the company to meticulously track and document the risk to employees, but a Tampa Bay Times investigation has found the company’s contracted doctor failed to flag abnormal test results and provide the required follow-up. Tampa Bay Times

     

    Fed-OSHA springs surprise inspection on city of Anchorage

    Longtime employees say a surprise inspection last week from state OSHA inspectors to Anchorage City Hall may be unprecedented and was spurred by a complaint from an aggrieved employee. MustReadAlaska

     

    Violence against healthcare workers rising, staff tell Georgia officials

    A veteran nurse who was attacked by a patient was one of several speakers Thursday before a Georgia Senate study committee formed to look into violence against healthcare employees. These employees are four times more likely to be assaulted than employees in private industry, according to the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The Current